Pirates and Tuks share the spoils

AmaTuks’ had the best chance of the first half just three minutes into the encounter after a teasing cross from the left fell kindly for Atusaye Nyondo, whose acrobatic volley ricocheted off the cross bar as Pirates breathed a sigh of relief.

The Soweto side’s first chance fell at the feet of Khethokwakhe Masuku, whose wild effort on 11 minutes was wide of the mark, before Lennox Bacela’s long range strike four minutes later failed to trouble Washington Arubi in the AmaTuks goal.

Bucs’ best chance at finding the opener came midway through the first half as great build-up play found Masuku, whose well-taken volley blazed narrowly wide.

The final ten minutes of the opening stanza saw two great opportunities fall to the visitors as Masuku was again involved in the action, this time clearing a Tuks corner off his own goal-line, before the woodwork again saved the hosts as Thabo Mnyamane’s cross shaved the bar.

Happy Jele’s strong run ended as he fell to ground in the AmaTuks box late-on, yet nothing was given as both sides headed into the tunnel with the scoreline unchanged.

University of Pretoria started the better of the two sides in the second period, but were unable to convert their chances, as Mnyamane and Mukamba failed in their attempts to find the opener.

Pirates then settled and bossed the possession stats, yet were reduced to long-range strikes, Mpho Makola and substitute Kermit Erasmus failing to trouble Arubi between the sticks.

Menzi Masuku, on as a late substitute for Lehlohonolo Majoro, also tried his luck from the edge of the box, yet his grass-cutter rolled wide as the back of the net remain untouched.

In the end, neither side could find a goal, as a share of the spoils leaves Pirates in third and Tuks in 10th on the Absa Premiership log.